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A LOUIS XVI MAHOGANY READING TABLE
A LOUIS XVI MAHOGANY READING TABLE

CIRCA 1780, STAMPED 'CANABAS' AND 'JME'

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A LOUIS XVI MAHOGANY READING TABLE
CIRCA 1780, STAMPED 'CANABAS' AND 'JME'
The rectangular top with reading ledge hinged and ratcheting over a conforming case, above a leather-lined pull-out hinged writing surface, with a drawer to each end and a pen drawer to the back, on a columnar stem and arched splayed legs, with remains of French shipping labels to the underside, stamp to the underside of case support, adjusting action to the stem now fixed
28½ in. (72 cm.) high, 19½ in. (50 cm.) wide, 14¼ in. (36 cm.) deep
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This lot will be sold without reserve

Lot Essay

Joseph Gengenbach dit Canabas, maître in 1766.

This elegant reading table is conceived in the sober, unadorned taste of the late 18th Century known as the goût anglais, using simple functional forms undisturbed by gilt mounts and often based directly on English prototypes. Joseph Gengenbach, known as Canabas, was a significant contributor to this style and his name is synonymous with restrained designs finely executed in unadorned expanses of both solid and veneered mahogany. The goût anglais was promoted by Madame de Pompadour's brother, the Marquis de Marigny, who greatly admired English mahogany furniture. Not only was he buying restrained mahogany pieces through an agent in London, but he was also commissioning furniture in a similar vein from his favored ébénistes.

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